Knox Property Owner Working to Remedy Violations at Downtown Storefront

The owner of 1 and 3 N. Main Street in Knox continues to make improvements at the property after being cited nearly a year ago for several violations.

Knox Building Administrator Kenny Pfost noted that a small claims case has been filed and owner Pete Milev remains under enforcement as all repairs have not been done.

Milev told the Knox Board of Works members last week that he’s made quite a bit of progress in repairing some exterior masonry issues. Brick was falling out of the exterior walls and mortar was missing. The west side of the building was to be addressed last week. Siding on the front of the building is expected to be complete soon and water issues and leaks have been repaired in the basement.

City Attorney Leslie Baker asked about the fire escape on the rear of the building. Milev said while it looks dingy it’s solid. Due to the age and the condition of the fire escape, Pfost said engineer should be hired to take a look at it to ensure it meets standards. Milev said he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with it, but Pfost insisted that it should be looked at.

Milev commented that his ultimate goal is to find a business to occupy the storefront. It’s been empty for the past several years.